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Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Endorses Senator Jeff Merkley For U.S. Senate

June 30, 2020

Sen. Merkley is a Gun Sense Champion Who Will Fight for Common-Sense Gun Safety Measures in Congress

NEW YORK – Today, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed Senator Jeff Merkley for U.S. Senate in Oregon. Sen. Merkley has received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction, a prerequisite for being considered for endorsement.

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund spent $30 million during the 2018 midterms, outspending the NRA for the first time. These investments and support helped flip the U.S. House to a gun sense majority. Since then, the U.S. House has passed landmark gun safety legislation, including H.R. 8, which would require background checks on all gun sales, and H.R. 1112, which would address the “Charleston loophole.”

“Under the leadership of Mitch McConnell and the Republican majority, the U.S. Senate has been the place where desperately-needed gun safety bills go to die, which is why we’re committed to re-electing Senator Merkley and surrounding him with a gun sense majority,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “In Senator Merkley, the people of Oregon have a gun sense champion with a track record of putting their safety first.”

“We are so proud to endorse Senator Merkley,” said Hilary Uhlig, volunteer leader with Moms Demand Action in Oregon. “Today, we’re saying loud and clear that lawmakers who have prioritized gun safety can count on our steadfast support.” 

Polling released last month demonstrates the surging intensity of Americans’ support for common-sense gun safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic, with a significant majority of Americans viewing background checks on all gun sales and disarming domestic abusers “more important” now than before the pandemic began.  

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund plan to spend $60 million on the 2020 elections — double what they spent during the 2018 elections, and more than any gun safety opponent, including the NRA, reported spending on the 2016 elections. 

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